Senate dismisses Mayorkas impeachment charges

The attempt by Republicans to serve a blow to President Joe Biden’s border policy hit a wall in the Senate.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will not be tried by the Senate. 

Wednesday, the Senate quickly dismissed all impeachment charges against Mayorkas just one day after the House sent over the articles of impeachment. 


Driving the news: The dismissal ends the push to remove Mayorkas from office over his handling of the southern border. 

  • Both articles of impeachment were dismissed, with Democrats arguing that the articles were unconstitutional. 
  • The votes were 51-48 and 51-49, both along party lines.
  • House Republicans failed to meet “the high standard of high crimes and misdemeanors,” according to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who called for the charges to be dismissed.
  • Senate Republicans had pushed for a full impeachment trial after the House voted in February to impeach Mayorkas, marking the first time in nearly 150 years that a Cabinet secretary was impeached.
  • Even if the Senate held a trial, it seemed very unlikely that Republicans would win enough support to convict and remove Mayorkas from office, as Democrats control the Senate by a narrow margin.
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